Antibiotic Resistance: A Hands On Solution

Antimicrobial resistance has gained notoriety as one of the most pressing public health issues the world faces today. It is occurring everywhere in the world, compromising our ability to treat infectious diseases, as well as undermining many other advances in health and medicine.

One of the objectives of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance is to reduce infections by improving hygiene, sanitation, and infection prevention. The most effective and efficient means of infection prevention in the community and healthcare settings is hand hygiene. Successful infection control programs are based upon this. Through proper hand hygiene, staying home when sick, sneezing/coughing into one’s sleeve all play an important part in reducing the spread of infections in the community and healthcare settings. If we can limit the incidence of infections that require antibiotics, we can use them a bit more prudently. Through education about the importance of proper hand hygiene in the community and healthcare settings can reduce transmission of microbes which include resistant ones.

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